After stumbling in the headliner on his home turf, James Te Huna is now going to have to sit on the sidelines for the better part of the next year before he can try and rebound.
Te Huna not only lost via first-round armbar to Nate Marquardt at UFC Fight Night Auckland on June 28, he also suffered a dislocated shoulder during the build-up to the fight. The shoulder injury will require surgery and put him out of action for about 10 months, Te Huna told Stuff.co.nz.
“I'm having surgery on Tuesday. I'll be out for about six months and I won't be fighting for about 10 months,” Te Huna said.
“It's very frustrating but I've been there before. I'm a fighter … it's what I do.”
The dislocated shoulder was one of several injuries that plagued Te Huna while training for Marquardt. He also had issues with his hip, ankle, and hand, but toughed through it all in order to fulfill his dream of headlining a show in New Zealand.
This will be the second surgery on the same shoulder, although Te Huna said the first was a surgery on the front side of his rotator cuff, while this time it’s the back. Despite the surgery and suffering three consecutive losses, he doesn’t plan on hanging up his gloves just yet.
The 32-year-old is currently still under contract with the UFC, but hasn’t yet discussed his future with the organization.